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I am thrilled to be working at Q13 FOX News. Moving back to the amazing people and unrivaled beauty of the Pacific Northwest is a dream come true.

I grew up in Longview, Wash., and lived in the south Puget Sound for several years before beginning my broadcasting career in Reno, Nev., as a photojournalist. I then moved more than 2,000 miles away to Greensboro, N.C., where my nearly 10-year long stint in the deep south began.

After almost 7 years working as a photojournalist and reporter in Atlanta, I packed up my life and returned to my home state of Washington.

I live in Seattle with my partner and our awesome dog.

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    Neighbors, strangers in Milton raising thousands for severely injured firefighter

    MILTON, Wash. — U.S. Forest Service firefighter and reserve Milton police officer Daniel Lyon is still recovering at Harborview after he survived a firestorm that killed three of his fellow firefighters near Twisp last week. On Friday, hundreds of strangers rallied for Daniel at the Haggen grocery store in Milton, raising thousands of dollars to help in his recovery. This fundraiser has only been in the works for a week, even though organizers admit they don’t know Daniel or his […]

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    Thieves steal portable water tank, endanger wildfire fighters

    BRINNON, Wash. – Investigators are on the hunt for a thief accused of stealing a folding water tank used by firefighters to help extinguish a small fire on the Olympic Peninsula. Fire crews are now several days behind schedule because they had to scramble to bring a new source of water to the fire lines. The 10-acre Cabin Fire is burning in the Olympic National Forest and it isn’t easy for firefighters to get there. “It’s not like they can […]

  • New details in deaths of 3 firefighters: Vehicle fell down 40-foot embankment

    TWISP, Wash. — Officials released new details Sunday about what happened in the deadly firefighting accident that took the lives of three men last week near Twisp. But they still have many unanswered questions, and a firefighter who survived could be the key to their investigation. Forest managers say they have not yet been able to interview Daniel Lyon because he is still in the hospital, and he may be the only person left who can piece together exactly what […]

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    Man jumps into lake, survives firestorm

    RIVERSIDE, Wash. — The Okanogan Complex fire burned more than 220,000 acres by Saturday morning. Friday’s heavy winds pushed the flames into new areas where more than 5,100 residents were under evacuation notices. Mark Desdier defied evacuation notices and chose to protect his home, but he suffered serious injuries and had to flee advancing flames. “It went from 20-mph winds to 40, 50-mph winds like that, “he described. Desdier took shelter in a nearby lake until for more than an […]

  • Some homeowners defy evacuation, fight wildfire on their own

    OMAK, Wash. — The Okanogan Complex fire has exploded, doubling in size to more than 160,000 acres. Some homeowners defied evacuation notices to save what they can on their own. “It`s awful,” said Mystery Herriman. “I don`t ever remember seeing Omak burn like this and I`ve lived here my whole life.” Herriman and her neighbors kept watch on a small fire before Cole Tincher’s home, and kept a shovel at the ready. Firefighters cannot be everywhere so the group did […]

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    3 firefighters killed near Twisp remembered as ‘big heroes protecting small towns’

    TWISP, Wash. — The three firefighters killed while battling a raging wildfire in north-central Washington were identified Thursday, as the community and state mourned their loss. Officials launched an investigation into what went wrong. The U.S. Forest Service identified their three firefighters as Tom Zbyszewski, 20, Andrew Zajac, 26 and Richard Wheeler, 31. They were based out of Washington’s  Methow Valley in the north-central part of the state. They were battling the Twisp River Fire, now part of the 80,000-acre […]

  • U.S. Forest Service firefighter Tom Zbyszewski, 20, was one of three firefighters killed in a wildfire near Twisp on Aug. 19, 2015.

    Heartbroken parents lose only son in wildfire: ‘He was the light of our life, you know…’

    TWISP, Wash. — Proud parents Richard and Jennifer Zbyszewski are heartbroken over the loss of their only son — a 20-year-old student and one of three U.S. Forest Service firefighters who died while battling a wildfire near Twisp. Their son, Tom Zbyszewski, and 26-year-old Andrew Zajac and 31-year-old Richard Wheeler died Wednesday when they became trapped by a quick-moving fire. Tom’s parents said this was only his second year firefighting; he fought the devastating Carlton Complex Fire in central Washington […]

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    Vandals cause $100K damage to library, reward offered for arrest

    RENTON, Wash. — It’s a heartless crime that left an entire neighborhood outraged. Investigators believe vandals are responsible for nearly $100,000 in damage at a library that’s still under construction. Someone shot out several large glass windows at the Renton Highlands Library construction project. Detectives think the shooter used a high-powered BB or pellet gun. “This is public property so all these dollars that are being poured into repairs are tax dollars that we’re all having to pay,” said Dave […]

  • This is all that remains of some homes that burned to the ground along Lake Chelan. (Photo: KCPQ)

    Chelan nearly a ghost town as wildfire devastates area during height of tourist season

    CHELAN, Wash. — Hundreds of firefighters on Tuesday battled the Chelan Complex Fire, which grew overnight to more than 63,000 acres. It is only 30% contained. The fires surrounding Chelan are pumping the sky full of smoke and soot, pushing tourists and big bucks out of town. “It’s the fires, the smoke and everything is keeping everybody off” the lake, said Ben Sines, manager of Outlaw BBQ and Steak House. Summer is supposed to be Lake Chelan’s moneymaker but downtown […]

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    Active duty soldiers from JBLM called out to battle Western wildfires

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. — About 200 active duty military personnel will help battle wildfires ravaging seven Western states, the National Interagency Fire Center said Monday in a news release. This is the first time soldiers have fought wildfires since 2006, and the call out shows how bad the problem has become. About 95 fires have destroyed hundreds of homes, caused the evacuation of more than 1,000 people and burned 1.1 million acres in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, California, Nevada and […]